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Shame on McDonalds

Shame on McDonalds

Please, I beg of you please pay attention to this and stop feeding yourselves and your children, your children. I have never ate at McDonalds once over the past ten years. I have been in McDonalds, had coffee and got my kids a happy meal, maybe once a year as a treat during my parenting career. I know grandpa and auntie have taken my kids to McDonalds frequently in the past. This will NEVER happen again! If you read to the end,  you will be in utter shock and you too, will wake up and refuse to support McDonalds and other corporations! I am satisfied by my research that these are the facts, don’t take my word for it and do your own reserch draw your own conclusion I am convinced this is really happening. I have heard far too much eye witness testimony not to believe this, please, do not consume any fast food EVER get your meat from a farmer!

Disturbing Facts About McDonald’s

McDonald’s first quarter financial results on April 20 2013 showed that the global fast food chain generated more than six and a half billion during the period and that global comparable sales increased more than seven percent. There are plenty of facts about the company that you may find completely unexpected and very very disturbing and this restaurant giant has grown through the recession and recovery. McDonald’s’ twenty seven billion in revenue makes it the nintyth largest company in the world and the eight point seven billion in revenue from franchise stores alone, makes McDonald’s richer than Mongolia. It makes no sense to me that this so called restaraunt chain sells more than seventy five burgers every second. More shocking facts about America’s most popular fast food chain show McDonald’s’ daily customer traffic of sixty two million is more than the population of Great Britain, they also claim to feed sixty eight million people per day, that’s about one percent of the world’s population. Mind boggling, it is no wonder why so many people are suffering with disease and their is a disturbing emergency of childhood ailments globally.

The only place in the lower forty eight states that is more than a hundred miles from a McDonald’s is a barren plain in South Dakota and Americans alone consume one billion pounds of beef at McDonald’s in a year, the equivelent of five and a half million head of cattle. McDonald’s hires around one million workers in the US every year and the estimate from Fast Food Nation assumes a domestic workforce of about seven hundred thousand with a one hundred fifty percent  turnover rate. McDonald’s employee force worldwide is more than the population of Luxembourg and according to company estimates, one in every eight American workers has at one time been employed by McDonald’s. For the next three years, McDonald’s is going to open one restaurant every day in China. Sharon Stone worked at McDonald’s before she was famous and so have Shania Twain, Jay Leno, Rachel McAdams and Pink.

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First Horse meat, then the mysterious “Pink slime”, Now Human meat? A shocking discovery has been made in an Oklahoma City McDonald’s meat factory and other McDonald’s meat factories nationwide. First Horse meat, then the mysterious “Pink slime”! Now What?  Now, Human meat?   The United States Department of Agriculture has seized McDonald’s production and shipping and will call for more meat factory inspections and restaurant inspections. Meat inspectors reportedly found, what appeared to be, Human meat stored in the meat factory freezers of an Oklahoma City meat factory and human meat already in trucks right outside the factory ready to be shipped to McDonald’s restaurants. Health inspectors immediately demanded inspection in various McDonald’s meat factories across the country and horrifyingly found human meat in about 90% of the factories inspected thus far.

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The FBI is also investigating the factories. FBI agent Lloyd Harrison told Huzler reporters “The worst part is that it’s not only human meat, it’s child meat. the body parts that were found across the U.S. factories were deemed to small to be adult body parts, this is truly horrible”. The situation brings up many questions. How long have they been using human meat? Where did they get the children from? Were they already dead when brought into factories? Investigators and Inspectors are currently being deployed for intensive investigations. McDonald’s is the world’s largest distributor of toys, with one included in twenty percent of all sales. This video may be shocking for you it was acctually a missing piece of the puzzle for me, I have learned all about the illuminati and how the free masons are really satanic and participate in blood rituals. I heard about kids being snatch by the satanists, cops and congress being in on it and the Bohemian groove sacrifices and now I know what they do with the bodies, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PEOPLE WAKE UP!

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Attention Costco Shoppers

Attention Costco Shoppers

I love shopping at Costco, hoping to find a great deal on everything from tires to tomatos.  Did you know there is actually a “Costco Price Tag Code” that can let you know if you’re getting the best deals? Welcome to my Costco “Get the Best Price Hacks”! The key to these hacks is not in the dollars amount it is the cents that will reveal how good of a deal your gonna get, those last two digits of the price tell you everything.  For example a price ending in .99 is much different than one ending in .97 or .49.  Check it out…

Price Ending in .99 – The Product is Full Price

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Any time you see the price ending in .99 you know that item is full-priced and has not been marked down. It still may be a good deal though, this is Costco after all.

 

Price Ending in .97 – A Deal Decided by the Manager

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A price that ends in .97 is what we are looking for. Usually this is a special price you’re not going to find again. Once it’s gone it’s gone. These can be some great deals.

 

Price Ending in .49 or .79 – Manufacturer’s Special

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A price ending in .49 or .79 is a manufacturer’s special. This is a product the manufacturer is testing out at Costco, usually at a lower price than Costco would sell the item at.

 

Price Ending in .00 – The Goods are About to go!

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A price ending in .00 is probably the best deal you will find in the store. It means the manager wants the item out. And once it’s out, the product is gone for good.

 

A Price Tag With an Asterisk – It’s Discounted and Done

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Be on the lookout for price tags with an asterisk, this means the product is discontinued. A combination of a .97 and an asterisk means you are getting a last chance good deal. We all know Costco has the lowest prices in town but now you can use these tricks to get deeper discounts inside the warehouse.  Share this with anyone you know who shops at Costco.






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Eight Incredible Events of 2013

Eight Incredible Events of 2013

In a media environment increasingly dominated by celebrity, and scandal, many of the most important stories receive scant coverage. Here are eight hugely important things that happened in 2013 that are rarely discussed.

1.  Tea Party became an advocate for solar energy.

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In Georgia, the Tea Party has teamed up with clean energy advocates to bring more solar energy to the state, and they have done this over the objections of utility giant Southern Co. Tea Party, advocates are motivated by reducing carbon emissions as well as a desire to add more competition to the energy market and reduce prices. The coalition could change the utility landscape nationwide, as renewable producers seek access to energy markets.

2. American begins criminalizing homelessness.

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There is a population of about  six hundred thousand homeless people living in America today and in South Carolina, Columbia City passed an ordinance “to remove homeless people from the downtown business district.” Police officers are now assigned to patrol the downtown area and a hotline was also set up “so local businesses and residents can report the presence of a homeless person to police.” In Los Angeles, Harrisburg, and Raleigh authorities even cracked down on good samaritans who were providing food to the homeless in public. New York, Palo Alto, Tampa and Miami have focused on criminalizing sleeping in public and these efforts make it next to impossible for the homeless to get back on their feet.

3. Thousands of workers had their pensions stolen.

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Public sector workers, many of whom will now be thrown into poverty had their pensions stolen this year. In Illinois and Michigan, thousands of working Americans had their promised pensions stolen from them, despite guarantees in their states’ constitutions that protected their benefits. Those impacted include “retirees who worked their careers as sanitation engineers and teachers, firefighters and police officers, public defenders and city clerks”. As these two Midwest states appear to be getting away with it, many other localities may follow suit.

4. More people died from suicide than car accidents.

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While mass shootings frequently land on the front page, many more people die of suicide each year. Data released this year, covering 2010, found that for the first time more people died from suicide (38,364) than car crashes (33,687). While suicide is frequently associated with teenagers and the elderly, the growth has been fuelled by “middle-aged Americans.” Experts speculate the rise might be attributable to middle-aged people “coping with the stress of caring for aging parents while still providing financial and emotional support to adult children”. A more likely cause is phycotropic drugs, because with the advent of law changes allowing prescription drugs to be advertised on national television, more people have been taking pills like Prozac, which now must include a warning that side effects include suicidality. This ability to freely advertise these powerful drugs has resulted in huge profits for big pharma as well as death and destruction for the patients these drugs are meant to help.

5. The oceans transforms into an acidic inhospitable stew.

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Much of the conversation about climate change focuses on rising temperatures, however, carbon dioxide emissions is rapidly making the oceans inhospitable for marine life. According to studies “the ocean absorbs about thirty to forty percent of the atmosphere’s excess carbon, causing its pH to drop.” These acidity levels can corrode the shells of crustaceans, and have lead to an explosion in jelly fish populations. One Oregon fisherman reported, “Sometimes we’ll catch four or five thousand pounds of jellyfish.” Another fisherman said that he saw baby octopuses climbing up his crab line to escape the water and when he pulled up his crab trap, all the crabs were dead. There is also the huge amount of plastic floating around and being mistaken as food by fish and birds, once ingested plastic blocks the intestine causing these animals to starve to death.

6. Supreme Court approves the execution the severely mentally disabled.

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In August, the State of Florida executed John Errol Ferguson, “a paranoid schizophrenic man who believes that he is the ‘Prince of God’ and that his execution is preparing him for ‘ascension.’” The Supreme Court has ruled that people with extreme mental disabilities are not constitutionally eligible for execution, yet they declined to intervene in Ferguson’s case and other cases like his. Last year, Texas also executed Marvin Wilson, a man with an IQ of sixty one. Great news for those coping with autistic children as they grow and step out of line, without fault of their own they could meet this fate too. How a society treats the innocent and weak says a lot. Truly sad to hear this, if the Supreme Court won’t stand up for such people who will?

7. Vaccine conspiracy theories cause localized epidemics of once eradicated diseases.

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In one Texas town a measles outbreak was traced to a mega church pastor who preached against vaccines. Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, more twelve hundred people contracted measles. The outbreak was traced to “the country’s extensive Bible Belt where the majority of fundamentalist Protestants do not believe in having their children vaccinated.” It seems vaccines have a place in society, what most parents want to know is why a vaccine is not made excluding questionable ingredients such as aluminium and lead. If big pharma found different safer ingredients I don’t even think the most devout religious observer would with hold vaccines from their beloved children. It is not religion that is causing this, it is how the pharmaceutical companies have shown themselves to be greedy and untrustworthy.

8. Attempts to boost the economy by attracting undocumented immigrants.

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Much recent coverage has focused on states like Arizona and Alabama that have sought to make their states as inhospitable as possible to undocumented immigrants, with disastrous consequences. Other cities and counties have taken the opposite approach in an effort to boost their local economies, bucking federal guidelines and welcoming the undocumented. In Dayton, Ohio officials “make no effort to pursue residents without legal status, if they are otherwise law-abiding.” In Philadelphia, members of the city council are encouraging Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop detaining undocumented immigrants who aren’t dangerous, meanwhile, Newark Police announced they would “decline immigration detainers issued to the department” by ICE. Hear that Mexicans, Ohio and Philly want you, what are you wasting your time filling out legal immigration forms, stop wasting your time!

These are just a few of the years stories that the mainstream media does not want you to know about. So what are you doing reading my blog? Isn’t there an episode of Jersey Shore you should be watching? Wasn’t there a new pair of shoes you needed to buy? Who cares right? Well in the off chance that YOU do care, share this information with anyone who might not know it yet!






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Five Reasons 2013 Was the Best

Five Reasons 2013 Was the Best

Between the brutal civil war in Syria, the government shutdown, the NSA spying revelations, and massive inequality, it’d be easy to for you to enter 2014 thinking the last year has been an awful one.

You’d be wrong, 2013 was, in fact, the best year on the planet for humankind. All of the most important forces that determine what make people’s lives good, the things that determine how long they live, and whether they live happily and freely, are trending in the right direction, growing with the progress we’ve made in making the world a better place. Here’s the five big reasons why.

 

1. People are living longer.

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The greatest story in recent human history is the simplest, we are winning the fight against death. “There is not a single country in the world where infant or child mortality today is not lower than it was in 1950,” writes Angus Deaton, a Princeton economist. The 2013 World Health Organization (WHO) statistical compendium, confirm Deaton’s estimation, between 1990 and 2010, the percentage of children who died before their fifth birthday dropped by almost half. Measles deaths declined by seventy one percent, and both tuberculosis and maternal deaths by half again. HIV, is also being held back, with deaths from AIDS-related illnesses down by twenty four percent since 20In short, fewer people are dying untimely deaths.

The gains are even more dramatic if you take the long view: global life expectancy was forty seven in the early 1950s, but had risen to seventy, a fifty percent jump by 2011. For even more perspective, the average Briton in 1850, when the British Empire had reached its apex was forty, huge strides have been made in a short time. The average person today should expect to live almost twice as long as the average citizen of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful country in 1850. In real terms, this means millions of fewer dead adults and children a year, millions fewer people who spend their lives suffering the pains and unfreedoms imposed by illness, and millions more people spending their twilight years with loved ones.

The Enlightenment-era advances in the scientific method got people doing research, which brought us modern medicine and the information technologies that allow us to spread medical breakthroughs around the world at increasingly faster rates. Scientific discoveries also fueled the Industrial Revolution and the birth of modern capitalism, giving us more resources to devote to life saving technologies, and the global spread of liberal democracy made governments accountable to citizens, forcing them to attend to their health needs or pay the electoral price. So, we are outracing the Four Horseman, extending our lives faster than pestilence, war, famine, and death can take them, that alone should be enough to say the world is getting better.

 

2. People are happier and suffering less from extreme poverty.

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There are fewer people in abject penury than at any other point in human history, and middle class people enjoy their highest standard of living ever, which equals greater happiness. This isn’t a call for complacency about poverty any more than acknowledging victories over disease is an argument against attackling malaria, make no mistake, as a whole, the world is much richer in 2013 than it has ever been before. Seven hundred twenty million fewer people lived in extreme poverty ($1.25 a day) in 2010 than in 1981, according to a new World Bank study from October. That’s astounding — a decline from forty to about fourteen percent of the world’s population suffering from abject poverty. Poverty rates are declining in every national income bracket, even in low income countries, the percentage of people living in extreme poverty has gone down from sixty three in 1981 to forty four in 2010.

The bulk of the recent decline in poverty comes form India and China, about eighty percent from China alone, Chinese economic and social reform, a delayed reaction to the mass slaughter and starvation of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, has been the engine of poverty’s global decline. If you subtract China, there are actually more poor people today than there were in 1981, so it’s population growth trumping the percentage declines in poverty. We shouldn’t discount China, if what we care about is fewer people suffering in poverty, it shouldn’t matter what nation the less poor people call home. Chinese growth should be celebrated! The poor haven’t been the only people benefitting from global growth, middle class people have access to an ever greater stock of life improving goods. Televisions and refrigerators, once luxury goods, are now comparatively cheap and commonplace and that’s why large percentage improvements in a nation’s GDP appear to correlate strongly with higher levels of happiness among the nation’s citizens, because people like having things that make their lives easier. Global economic growth in the past five decades has dramatically reduced poverty and made people around the world happier. Once again, we’re better off.

 

3. War is less common less deadly.

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Another massive conflict could overturn the global progress against disease and poverty and it appears unlikely as the warmachine, may be losing steam.

Steven Pinker’s 2011 book The Better Angels Of Our Nature is the gold standard in this debate, Pinker brought a treasure trove of data to bear on the question of whether the world has gotten more peaceful, and found that, in the long arc of human history, both war and all forms of violence are on a centuries long downward slope. Most eye-popping are the numbers for the past fifty years; Pinker finds that “the worldwide rate of death from interstate and civil war combined has juddered downward, from almost three hundred per hundred thousand during World War II, to almost thirty per hundred thousand during the Korean War, to the low teens during the era of the Vietnam War, to single digits in the 1970s and 1980s, to less than one per hundred thousand  in the twenty-first century.” Here’s what that looks like graphed:

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Did 2013 give us any reason to believe that Pinker and the other scholars who agree with him have been proven wrong? Probably not. The academic debate over the decline of war really exploded in 2013, challenges to Pinker’s conclusion that battle deaths have gone down over time have not withstood scrutiny. The most compelling critique, a new paper by Bear F. Braumoeller, argues that if you control for the larger number of countries in the last fifty years, war happens at roughly the same rates as it has historically. Most importantly, if battle deaths per hundred thousand people really has declined, then his argument doesn’t mean very much, if percentagewise fewer people are dying from war, then what we call “war” now is a lot less deadly than “war” used to be. Braumoeller suggests population growth and improvements in battle medicine explain the decline, tell me with a straight face that the only differences in deadliness between World War II, Vietnam, and the wars you see today is that there are more people and better doctors.

Today, we see many more civil wars than we do wars between nations. The former tend to be less deadly than the latter and that’s why the other major challenge to Pinker’s thesis in 2013, the deepening of the Syrian civil war, isn’t likely to upset the overall trend. Syria’s war is an unimaginable tragedy, depressing increase in battle deaths from 2011 to 2012. However, the overall 2011-2012 trend “fits well with the observed long-term decline in battle deaths,” according to researchers at the authoritative Uppsala Conflict Data Program, because the uptick is not enough to suggest an overall change in trend. Since 1950, democracy has spread around the world like wildfire, there were only a handful of democracies after World War II, but that grew to roughly forty percent of all by the end of the Cold War. Today, a comfortable majority of about sixty percent  of all states are democracies, a freer world is also a safer one. People have developed strategies for dealing with war’s causes and consequences. “Human ingenuity and experience have gradually been brought to bear,” Pinker writes, “just as they have chipped away at hunger and disease.” A series of human inventions, things like U.N. peacekeeping operations, which nowadays are very successful at reducing violence, have given us a set of social tools to reduce the harm caused by armed conflict. War’s decline isn’t accidental, it’s by design.

 

4. Rates of murder and violence are in free-fall.

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Pinker’s trend against violence isn’t limited just to war, it seems likes crimes, both of the sort states commit against their citizens and citizens commit against each other, are also on the decline. Slavery, once commonly sanctioned by governments, is illegal everywhere on earth, the use of torture as legal punishment has gone down dramatically. The European murder rate fell thirty five fold from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th century, the decline has been especially marked in recent years, and though homicide crime rates climbed back up from their historic lows between the 1970s and 1990s, reversing progress made since the late 19th century, they have collapsed worldwide in the 21st century. 557,000 people were murdered in 2001 almost three times as many as were killed in war that year. In 2008, that number was 289,000, and the homicide rate has been declining in seventy five percent of nations since then.

Statistics from around the developed world, where numbers are particularly reliable, show that it’s not just homicide that’s on the wane, almost all violent crime in the United States is on the decline from a peak of about seven hundred fifty crimes per hundred thousand Americans to under four hundred fifty by 2009. While the United States and Britain have dramatically increased their prison populations, others, like Canada, the Netherlands, and Estonia, reduced their incarceration rates and saw similar declines in violent crime. Same thing state-to-state in the United States, New York imprisoned fewer people and saw the fastest crime decline in the country. Globally, police have gotten better at working with communities and targeting areas with the most crime and they have also gotten new toys, like DNA testing, that make it easier to catch criminals. The abolition of lead gasoline may have played an important role in this decline, Kevin Drum at Mother Jones wrote  the argument for the lead/crime link, and it’s incredibly compelling. Lead exposure damages people’s brains and can potentially be fatal, and that’s why an international campaign to ban leaded gasoline started around 1970. Today, leaded gasoline is almost unheard of, it’s banned in a hundred seventy five countries, and there’s been a decline in lead blood levels by about ninty percent. Evidence that the parts of the brain damaged by lead are the same ones that check people’s aggressive impulses, crime shot up in the mid-to-late-20th century as cars spread around the world, and started to decline in the 1970s at the same time the anti lead campaign was succeeding. Here’s close the relationship is, using data from the United States:

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Non homicide violent crime appears to have ticked up in 2012, based on government surveys of victims of crime, it’s very possible that’s just a blip. The official Department of Justice report says that “the apparent increase in the rate of violent crimes reported to police from 2011 to 2012 was not statistically significant.” We have no reason to believe crime is making a come back, and every reason to believe the historical decline in criminal violence is here to stay.

 

5. There is less racism, sexism, and discrimination.

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Racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination remain, without a doubt, extraordinarily powerful forces. The statistical and experimental evidence is overwhelming proof of widespread discrimination against African-Americans, for instance, should put the “racism is dead” fantasy to bed. Over the centuries, humanity has made extraordinary progress in taming its hate for and ill treatment of other humans on the basis of difference alone, it is very likely that we live in the least discriminatory era in the history of modern civilization. There are gains worth celebrating. Go back a hundred fifty years in time and the point should be obvious, take four prominent groups in 1860, African-Americans were in chains, European Jews were routinely massacred in the ghettos, women around the world were denied the opportunity to work outside the home and vote, and lesbian and gay people were invisible. The improvements in each of these group’s statuses today, both in the United States and internationally, are better than ever before. We have every reason to believe the happy trends are likely to continue. There is no sign whatsoever of retreat from the ideal of equality, despite events that many thought would call it into question, the magnitude, steadiness, and breadth of this change should be lost on no one.

The norm against overt racism has gone global and the belief that racial discrimination could not be tolerated had become so widespread, that it has united the globe, including governments that have said that equal treatment of people of different races or ethnicities was important to them. Millenials were significantly more racially tolerant and supportive of government action to address racial disparities than the generations that preceded them, suggesting that we should have hope that the power of racial prejudice may be waning. Finally, we’ve made astonishing progress on sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, largely in the past fifteen years. At the beginning of 2003, zero Americans lived in marriage equality states, and by the end of 2013, thirty eigth percent of Americans will. In 2011, the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution committing the council to documenting and exposing discrimination on orientation or identity grounds around the world. The public opinion trends are positive worldwide and all of the major shifts from 2007 to 2013 were towards greater tolerance, and young people everywhere are more open to equality for LGBT individuals than their older peers. While enormous inequality remains, 2013 is looking to be the best year in history.

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Once again, these victories are partial and by no means inevitable, because racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination aren’t just “going away” on their own. They’re losing their hold on us because people are working to change other people’s minds and because governments are passing laws aimed at promoting equality. Positive trends don’t mean the problems are close to solved, and certainly aren’t excuses for sitting on our hands. Too often, the worst parts about the world are treated as inevitable, the prospect of radical victory over pain and suffering dismissed as utopian fantasy. The reason humanity is getting better is because humans have decided to make the world a better place, and we consciously chose to develop lifesaving medicine and build freer political systems we’ve passed laws against workplace discrimination and poisoning children’s minds with lead.

These choices have more than paid off and it is up to us to make sure they continue in the new year.






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Wealthy Habits

Wealthy Habits

70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.

80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.

76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days a week. 23% of poor do this.

63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% of poor people.

81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of poor.

63% of wealthy parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% of poor.

70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% of poor.

80% of wealthy make Happy Birthday calls vs. 11% of poor.

67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% of poor.

88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs. 2% of poor.

6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% of poor.

79% of wealthy network five hours or more each month vs. 16% of poor.

67% of wealthy watch one hour or less of TV every day vs. 23% of poor.

6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% of poor.

44% of wealthy wake up three hours before work starts vs. 3% of poor.

74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% of poor.

84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% of poor.

76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck vs. 9% of poor.

86% of wealthy believe in lifelong educational self-improvement vs. 5% of poor.

86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% of poor.






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Forbes Five Excersices to Train Your Brain

Forbes Five Excersices to Train Your Brain

Evaluate Your Core Beliefs
Core beliefs develop over time and largely depend upon our past experiences. Whether you’re aware of your core beliefs or not, they influence your thoughts, your behavior and emotions. We’ve all developed core beliefs about ourselves, our lives and the world in general. Sometimes, core beliefs are inaccurate and unproductive and your core beliefs may become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Look for beliefs that are black and white, and then find exceptions to the rule. Very few things in life are “always” or “never” true.

Expend Your Mental Energy Wisely
Save your mental energy for productive tasks, such as solving problems or setting goals. Wasting brain power ruminating about things you can’t control drains mental energy quickly and the more you think about negative problems that you can’t solve, the less energy you’ll have leftover for creative endeavors. Worrying about anything won’t prevent it however, you can choose to prepare for it and focus on what is only within your control. When your thoughts aren’t productive, make a conscious effort to shift your mental energy to more helpful topics.

Replace Negative Thoughts with Productive Thoughts
Identify and replace overly negative thoughts with thoughts that are more productive. Productive thoughts don’t need to be extremely positive, they should just be realistic. Changing your thoughts requires constant monitoring, but the process can be instrumental in helping you become your best self, most of us don’t spend time thinking about our thoughts, increasing your awareness of your thinking habits proves useful in building resilience. Catch your negative thoughts before they spiral out of control and influence your behavior.

 

Practice Tolerating Discomfort

Practice behaving like the person you’d like to become. Mental strength also involves an understanding of when it makes sense to behave contrary to your emotions, like if you experience anxiety that prevents you from trying new things or accepting new opportunities, try stepping out of your comfort zone to continue to challenge yourself. Tolerating uncomfortable emotions takes practice, but it becomes easier as your confidence grows, some discomfort is often necessary for greater gain, and tolerating that discomfort will help make your vision a reality, one small step at a time. Being mentally strong doesn’t mean you don’t experience emotions. In fact, mental strength requires you to become acutely aware of your emotions so you can make the best choice about how to respond, it is about accepting your feelings without being controlled by them.

 

Reflect on Your Progress Daily
Developing mental strength is a work in progress, because there is always room for improvement, and at times this will seem more difficult than at other times. Reflecting upon your progress can reinforce your ability to reach your definition of success while living according to your values. In today’s busy there is not much time available for quiet reflection. Create time to reflect upon your progress toward developing mental strength, and at the end of each day, ask yourself what you’ve learned about your thoughts, emotions and behavior, considering what you hope to improve upon or accomplish tomorrow.






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Wealth Distribution

Wealth Distribution

The distribution of wealth in America is dramatically lopsided, a point vividly demonstrated in this video, and for many, there is something philosophically unfair about this inequality.  The video draws a striking picture, but is that the whole story?

Wealth inequality may be real, but is it unfair? What does it mean for a society to be unfair? Learn Liberty asked these questions of a libertarian (Professor Steve Horwitz), and a Rawlsian philosopher (Professor Jeffrey Reiman) in a debate on inequality in America. See the full debate here! Professor Horwitz says that “Wealth Inequality in America” misses a central point. He asks, “Do the poor in our society regularly lift themselves out of poverty? “How easy is it, or how difficult is it, for folks who start off poor, to no longer be poor?”

What I think is that the entire argument is based on a faulty perspective, that wealth is “distributed” in some way, as though the “Money Fairy” was handing out free money to everyone and some people got more than others. Any argument or rhetoric based on that inaccurate perspective must be false, since there are no “Money Faries” that I’m aware of. I earn more than most people. Why? Because I worked my butt off to provide a ton of value to the marketplace and people decided that it was worth paying for. I worked for it and I deserve every penny that I have EARNED, my money was NOT “distributed” to me.

Why? Because I’m the one who made the sacrifices, honed my skills, showed up consistently, overcame the obstacles, and continue to do the work. I’m the freaking “Little Red Hen” in the nursery rhyme who made the bread while a bunch of other animals were too busy watching “Dancing With The Stars” complaining and I believe it’s the same for most people in my income bracket.

There are abuses on Wall Street, there are people who game the system for their own gain, and some wealthy people do have an unfair advantage, yet those aren’t the people sitting next to you at a stoplight in a Mercedes. Ninety-nine percent of the time, they’re not the people who live in the big houses, in most cases, the “well-to-do” people you see are people just like me. They’re people who do the WORK and they deserve what they EARN.

If someone wants more money than they have, they can go get it and all they need to do is increase their value in the marketplace. In order to actually DO that, they’ll have to let go of their victimhood, and most of those people aren’t willing to do that. It’s easier just to blame wealthy people for why they can’t pay their bills than to actually take personal responsibility for their situation.






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Rain Is Now Contraband

Government Criminalizes Rainwater Collection

Collectivism is spreading like a cancer across America, where a private property owner in Oregon is now in jail for the “crime” of collecting rainwater that falls on his own property! This practice of preventing people from collecting rain water has been going on in British Columbia, Canada for over ten years it is outrageous. When I first heard about it many years ago, I thought oh yeah, it’s just another one of these stupid unenforceable bylaws. Turns out south of the border they are actually enforcing it. Imagine how stupid the officers arresting people for this so called “crime” must have felt. Really, we are arresting people for this when there are drug dealers, thieves and alike roaming free.This is a totally misguided misuse of the justice system. According to the government, all property owners must obtain a PERMIT to collect their own rainwater! But the state revoked this man’s permit, and then sentenced him to 30 days in jail. OUTRAGOUS






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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

 

As long as trading dead bodies for peace is commonplace, I will remember your pain, and be grateful for the peace that came from your actions. If war is not the pursuit of peace, I shudder to imagine what possible purpose it has. I’ll never believe that war is the answer. I look forward to a day when we celebrate peace secured by peaceful means. Until then, you are not forgotten. In particular, I remember those of you who had no choice, and for whom the physical wounds were not the greatest pain.

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I don’t think as long as there is war there can be a happy Remembrance Day as long as men perish at the greed of political gain. Will any one who fought find a reason to celebrate a time when they found blood on their hands? Today we can look into ourselves, into the battles we face and be grateful at how small they are and then perhaps we can look on the streets for the war torn face and lend that person a piece of our heart, compliment another instead of criticize, give love instead of hate and make our personal worlds more peaceful!






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